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Hoover Tower, Palo Alto

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Hoover Tower is a 285ft structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower also houses the Hoover Institution research center and think tank.Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr.The first nine floors of the tower are library stacks and the next three floors are used for offices. Exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time upon invitation by Stanford University before he moved in 1976.Hoover Tower receives approximately 200 visitors per day, and a nominal fee is charged for non-students or non-faculty. The observation deck platform is 250ft above the ground, and provides an expansive view of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. On clear days it is possible to see all the way to the distant skyline of San Francisco. The tower's observation deck is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed during academic breaks and finals.
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  • August 14, 2017
    There is a small fee, but the wait is worth it as the view can't be beat. If the line circles along the side back to the entrance it will take about thirty minutes.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Waited 30 minutes, but the view was worth it. Could see downtown San Fran. It was chilly, take a jacket.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This tower was built in honor of Herbert Hoover (31st north american president). Ther is a wondewrful view at the top, where we can see the San Francisco Bay. Moroever, we can know about Hoover and hi...  more »
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  • April 27, 2017
    Wonderful view on a clear day. If you don't mind the likelihood of a short wait to get on the elevator, it's worth a visit, especially if folks are visiting and want to get a bit of the lay of the land for the Bay area.
  • February 17, 2017
    In general, the environment in the Stanford campus is very nice. There are guide tours through the day. Also, the view from the Hoover Tower is very cool!
  • February 23, 2017
    Very cold and windy up here if you come during winter season. Views were decent, but not anything that incredible to be honest. Similar to the tower in Berkley.
  • September 25, 2016
    The bird's view of Stanford from Hoover tower was excellent. Very friendly staffs there. I remember the sound proof room inside the tower at topmost floor and a few big bells.
  • September 16, 2016
    I love this place, you get a really good view of the surrounding area. On a clear day, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge! It's 2-3 bucks for everyone and free for Stanford Affiliates. What's more, Stanford Affiliates can bring up to 5 guests!

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